Stalybridge Celtic football club which been at the heart of the community since it was set up in 1909 is celebrating after being granted charitable status.
The club has now officially launched its own foundation and are “looking forward to helping the wider community in a variety of ways as they strive to become much more than just a football club”
Community Development Officer, Mike Smith explained at today’s community launch event that: “Achieving charitable status was a natural step for us to take in order to give this long standing club the best opportunity to improve both in our sporting targets, and where possible, help in any way to providing better community involvement, and ‘bringing football to the community’ by improving the facilities for wider community use for many years to come.”
The Stalybridge Celtic Foundation aims to promote the advancement of health, inclusion, education, and public participation in sport with a remit to provide or organise provision of facilities which will encourage people from the wider community, both young and old to play football or other sports and get healthy.
Also, speaking at the launch, Susan O’Brien, project Manager from The National Football League, said, she was “delighted to see the club continue to, grow and integrate into the local community”, and added: “We hope the creation of the foundation will be a lasting legacy for current and future generations.”
The charity has already laid foundations for several community initiatives to be launched on the back of their successful creation of both Vintage Celtic Walking Football teams and disabled teams which are now sponsored by Bohle UK.
The community club also run a series of after school sessions for local Tameside children for both Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 pupils, as well as organise ‘assembly visits’ 6 a-side tournaments and non-sport related competitions as well as creating work placement provisions for other needy charities, as well as opening their doors to supporting our armed forces.
The foundations future aims include a ‘get fit challenge’ project, targeting men over 40, a full ‘walking football’ tournament at Bower Fold. Create Stalybridge Celtic Girls/Ladies teams, Stage regular 6-a-side competitions and launch a walking football programme with Pennine Care NHS Trust as well as utilising the clubs facilities for other community events.